Almost everyone has a device that needs to be charged. Whether it's a phone, tablet, or otherwise, the need for USB power is always looming. A new device called the Couchlet aims to take put USB power in the places where people spend a lot of time – their furniture.
The design of the Couchlet looks simple and effective. There's a 6-foot (60.1-cm) USB cable that runs to an existing power brick. That provides quite a bit of extra length, which should save users from having to stretch to weird positions in order to use their smart device while it's charging.
That cable is connected to the Couchlet itself, which features two USB ports for plugging in each device's charging cables. There's an arm that allows the device to be wedged under a cushion, which should keep it firmly in place even while moving around on the sofa or bed.
For situations where the arm isn't needed, users can fold it up and just wedge the Couchlet into a tight space. This promises a good amount of flexibility, which means users will be able to make the device work with his or her current situation.
The Couchlet itself is pretty small, coming in at 6.25 inches long, 2 inches wide, and .75 inches deep (15.8 x 5 x 1.9 cm).
Inventor Chris Hawker has turned to Indiegogo to bring the Couchlet to market. The project is seeking US$30,000, and is making good progress on its first day. Backers who want to get in early can get two Couchlets for $16, and after that the price will jump to $16 for one. The team plans to deliver devices to backers in December, assuming they reach production.
More information is available in the following pitch video.